Los Compadres Mission Gala Highlights Centuries-Old Landmarks
By Shannon Miller Turner
Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: The grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano came to life in early spring as San Antonio’s Los Compadres organization presented its 24th Annual Make It Your Mission celebration. This year’s event showcased the recently completed restoration and construction projects at Mission San Juan Capistrano as well as those of San Antonio’s other treasured missions. Highlights included completion of the Discovery Education Center at Mission San Jose and the recently completed San Juan Spanish Colonial Demonstration Farm.
THE VIBE: This much-anticipated event proved to be more than just a gala. Instead, it served as an educational journey taking guests 280 years back in time by inviting them to view interpretive exhibits on mission life as they strolled the tranquil grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Following a sumptuous Spanish Colonial seated dinner of menu items native to South Texas, or introduced to the region by Franciscan friars, guests enjoyed both a silent and live auction and a grand performance by the Mariachi Campanas de America.
THE CAUSE: Chairs of the event were Libby and John Williams. The Make It Your Mission gala serves as Los Compadres’ major fundraising event with proceeds going to fund specific preservation, restoration, research, and development projects at the four missions and to the Los Compadres budget. Los Compadres provides volunteer support and financial aid for the San Antonio Mission National Historic Park.